Remove a broken headphone jack : iPhone, iPad, iPod, MacBook

Some times this problem might happens on your iPhone, iPad, iPod or MacBook Pro. Headphone jack broken and snapped inside your Apple device.
Devices : iPhone 4s, iPad 2, iPod Touch, MacBook Pro laptop.
I have solutions for your problem. These solutions solved so many people issue. Its also works with any other devices like MP3 player, laptop and TV which have 3.5 mm head phone jack.
remove headphone jack
Solution 1:-
Buy a simple BIC pen or use existing one. Take the ink tube and slide it in the socket. If you feel little pressure just push a bit harder and then pull out fast.
Note : Find a pen which one outer diameter will fit in the iPhone or iPad hole and inner diameter will fit the broken earphone jack. Use the end of the ink pen cartridge. If you need alternative for BIC pen tube, use ear cleaning stick (remove sponge from one side.).
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Solution 2:-
Use thumbtack (end bend like hook).
Push the thumbtack into the broken piece of headphone and then twist the thumbtack a couple of times. If you felt the thumbtack had a grasp, pull it out with a broken piece.
Note : If you can’t find the thumbtack use safety pin instead.
Solution 3:-
Put some crazy glue at the end of the tooth pick and stick it in the jack. Wait some time to dry. Then pull it out.
Solution 4:-
Just jam the broken jack into the port. The broken jack might click back into the place and might come.
Other solutions suggested by users
Put tiny bit of super glue and insert the broken headphone jack back on. wait some time and try to remove.
If you have any other suggestions, do let us via comment.

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133 responses to Remove a broken headphone jack : iPhone, iPad, iPod, MacBook

I ended up only pulling the larger part of the jack out. The smaller bit furthest inside is still there to this day. There is no getting it out…
The Bic pen trick ended up making my situation worse.

Same thing happened to me, but I went back in with a nicely hooked thumb tack (I used scissors to make the hook) and was able to yank it out. I went in down the side, turned it to hook the plug and gently pulled straight out. I suggest giving it a try!

I had the same problem. I went to Lowe's and bought a pkg of tension pins (came 2 to a pkg) for 86 cents. The tension pin is 1/8 x 3/4 made by Hillman and I think the part number is H# 881407. Anyway, slide the pin over the broken jack, with pliers squeeze the pin and pull it out. The broken jack should come with it. Took a couple of tries but it worked pretty easily.

thank you so much putting his puting the head phones back in worjed buddy u just saved me $100 omg thx so much

Tried the others, unfortunately they didn't work. Tried the tool suggested above (gripstick) and it worked! 25 dollars is better than 150 that repair store wanted. Good luck to everyone… never knew how much of a pia it is until it happened to me. Good to see people working together to help each other out.

The Gripstick worked for me too.. I had to tap it in a little to make sure it was in all the way, but once I did I just lightly squeezed with pliers and it came out..whoo who. The pen trick didn't work for me, would have saved me a little money..but i'm just happy I got it out. I did have a little glue in there as well, but this still worked.

Ink tube of Bic pen worked perfectly. Needed only one try with a Bic pen tube and 30 seconds. The very small end of the jack came right out. What a great solution as no Apple stores had any open appointments.

Only method I didn't try was super glue, that was a last resort.
Find a safety pin and grab a lighter. Heat up the safety pin if part of the jack that broke has any rubber remaining, and once it cools down it should be somewhat molded in. Just pull out quickly.

Beats replaces aux cords and repairs headphones for free , you just need to go on they're website and got to support or whatever and go threw all that , I just ordered another cord for mine , it's free as long as you send the item that's broken back

We took a pointy needle, inserted it into the top right hand side and levering it out. It worked and we're thrilled!

Made a hook on a safety pin, got it out in 2 pieces in 5 minutes. Thanks for the idea. Spoke to a pro iPad mender earlier. He says not to try the superglue. Hes sees them afterwards when the glue has made the problem worse.

I tried pliers, vacuums, toothpicks, smacking the device for 2 days.
30 seconds with the thumbtack and viola!
Thank you.

I attempted the BIC pen trick. It fit but couldn't get a grip with the piece that was stuck. Saying a quick prayer, I dabbed the smallest drop of gorilla super glue on the end of the pen tube & gently inserted it. I let it sit for 15-20 min before attempting to pull it out. It came out like it was made to go with that pen! LOL Thanx for the ideas, guys!!!

I was able to remove the broken plug using super glue and a cut in half Q-tip. I tried the hooked pin and pen ink tube first. Thanks for the suggestions.

Didn't even realize my headphones broke off since it was still working when even I plugged it in. Brought a new one and noticed and freaked out! Well lucky I had a pen tube seems any pen tube works really. Was afraid it wouldn't work m, but not even 10 seconds later and it came out!! THANK YOU!

A low tech solution is to use a twist gimlet. I carefully screwed this into the broken jack and gently pulled the offending item out of an ipad. Success. All is working well. Good luck and I hope it works for you:)

None of the above worked, but I screwed a thin screw in to the end of the headphone jack and pulled, out it popped, have waited two years to sort that.

I have I giant hole in my ear peace and it is super glue any ideas I really do not have the money to buy a new one

I rolled a tissue paper into a thin roll and inserted into the audio jack. This seemed to have cleared the dust and the unwanted debris and my phone is back to the normal ringer mode. YAY!!!!

I found the biro's too thin when trying to extract the jack from my iPad. I used a thin straw (similar to a Capri sun one) and it got it out first time.

O.M.G. I wish I could kiss you right now!!!! My 4 year old broke the headphone plug into "his" iPhone 4. I was not about to replace the phone or pay for it to be fixed. I used the pen tube method but it got it jammed in there farther. I used the push pin/safety pin method, got the outer metal ring out, but could not get the inner plug out. 30 minutes later…I was scrolling through these comments hoping for another option and I saw yours. Wouldn't you know – there was a Capri Sun literally sitting next to his phone. 2.5 seconds later and DONE. THANK YOU!!!!

Tried suggestion 4 of inserting the top half of the snapped jack back into the socket and it connected to the broken end piece sufficient to extract it. Thanks very much.

I had the same problem but the bic pen didn't work. I went to Lowe's and bought a pkg of tension pins (came 2 to a pkg) for 86 cents. The tension pin is 1/8 x 3/4 made by Hillman and I think the part number is H# 881407. Anyway, slide the pin over the broken jack, with pliers squeeze the pin and pull it out. The broken jack should come with it. Took a couple of tries but it worked pretty easily.

Great idea! I tried safety pin, thumb tack, crazy glue, tweezers, nothing worked. The pin was just jammed solid. Then I went to Lowe's in Waterloo and bought these tension – spring pins. I tapped a little and twisted, used pliers and it worked!!!! Thank you Laurie you rock.

Thanks for the ideas. I used an ear cleaner (qtip) cut off an end to expose the hollow shaft, pushed it with pressure on to the broken piece, pulled quickly and it came right out. Would not have thought of this in a million years. Huge thanks.

You saved our bacon ! Didn't realise my son had left a broken jack inside his beloved i-pad… I only noticed when i rammed a new adapter into the hole, pushing the broken piece even further inside, which then cut off all his sound !
The BIC pen didn't work for me but using the 2nd idea, the thumb tack with the end bent into a little hook, did the trick beautifully – thanks loads for sharing these techniques; you've saved a lot of people a lot of money.

I tried Solution #1 (ink tube), but couldn’t find an ink tube that was the right size.
I tried #2 (thumbtack bent), but it didn’t work.
I tried #3 (crazy glue on a toothpick), but it didn’t work.
Then on a last ditch effort, I tried super glue on the inside of the headphones, then stuck the headphones inside my iphone. I waited about 45 minutes (probably don’t need that much time). The headphones were really stuck in there, but with pliers I was able to pull the headphones out. To my relief, the tip of the headphones came with the rest of the headphones.
It worked. YaY! Thank you for adding the section from “Other solutions suggested by users”

The bic pen didn't work but the bent paper clip did. Bent it a little at the end, inserted it sideways and twisted it to grip the jack. After many failed attempts I pulled and it popped out and flew across the room.

The bent thumbtack worked! I bent the tip with pliers/grips. It broke into several pieces but I pulled them all out eventually. The pen tube didn't work.

Still not working :c I think I'm just pushing it further in… I suppose I'll have to take it to an Apple comapany or something, my mums gonna ground me for life!

I tried most of the suggestions above, but the way I found that worked…I've done it twice now…is to screw a cup hook into the broken aux and screw a couple of time then pull gently.

My kid's headphones broke in the port and I had no idea until I tried using the iPad later. I couldn't find the right size pen tube at home. The bent thumbtack did not work. I was afraid to use the super glue. Went with "jamming" the headphones back in and pulling them out – SUCCESS! I actually didn't push them in too much but did twist a little once I made contact. So glad I found this page – thank you thank you thank you. Still going to call to let the headphones people know what happened and get a warranty replacement.

This just happened to me, and I just used an old crochet needle, with a bent end. It worked perfectly, but you have to use a little bit of force.

Find a small alligator clip and split it apart. It has small teeth on it. Use whichever piece will fit down in hole and get it next to the broken jack. Put pressure bending slightly left or right and pull up quickly.

Bic pen got part of it out. Grabbed a small, flathead screwdriver (the all metal kind, similar to eyeglass repair), wedged it between the remaining stuck part and "wall" and pried out. Awesome webpage!

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Some of the replies were so funny! "My mom is going to kill me!" Haha. It is nice to see that people still have a sense of humor.

None of the dozen or so pen cartridges I tried worked, but I bent the end of a thumbtack with some pliers and with a little twisting and some pulling I got the broken part out. THANK YOU! You are a SUPER GENIUS.

Worked on it all last night with the ink pen tube, a large sewing needle bent at the end, and very small tweezers. Nothing. This morning used a safety pin as above and took less than 5 seconds. Thanks!

After almost 4 hours of attempting to get it out using pins/needles, qtips, screws, screw drivers, a hammer, toothfloss, and the other end of the aux cord I decided to go for the superglue option as I had also taken it into apple and they said Id need a new phone!! So i decided superglue was my last option, I cut both cotton ends off a Qtip and i got a small bit of superglue on a needle and put it inside the Qtip, i then put the Qtip with superglue in my phone and pushed it onto the stuck aux cable end. I waited around 3 mins for the glue to dry a bit, then pulled it out and It came out!!!!

The BIC idea worked for me too… Thanks so much. The child at school who broke it off was very grateful, as it was a brand new ipad!!

I tried a lot of ways to get the piece out with no results until I googled it The safety pin worked great. Thanks to you and Google

Couldn't remove mine. It is inserted too far down. Tried to remove it and it went further down and now it is stuck. It was a plastic cheap stylus. Now have to take the phone apart and replace the headphone jack or purchase another phone. No more cheap plastic stylus pins for me. That $1 purchase is going to cost way more to correct.

Mine came out in 3 pieces. I got the first two pieces by inserting a thumbtack with a bent end inside and turned it around until it hooked and then pulled. The first two pieces came out that way. Be aware that the ink tubes are different sizes. I had to try a few pens before one was exactly the right size. Fit in the hole, but also fit around the last little piece. I jammed it in, twisted a little and then pulled it right out..

Thank you for the help. I use the other end of the broken jack, but then use idea ref the glue. I put a little crazy glue on paper towel and just put a little bit on the end. I left it for 30 mins, and it just came right out.. Again Thank You..

This was excellent! You saved me the cost of purchasing a new Kindle. I used the thumb tack and, although I could not bend it as shown, the broken headphone slid out perfectly with a little coaxing. Total time, less than 2 minutes!
Very good! Thank you!

Thank you thank you thank you – I dreaded having to go to the Apple store and pay $100. Thumb tack worked – took some jiggling around but it did .

Try the gripstick. Went to both Geek Squad at Best Buy and the Apple Store. Neither could remove the broken plug. I ordered the Gripstick, watched the instructional video and within 20 minutes had the broken pieces out of the jack. $25 plus shipping. Definitely beats buying a new phone which was the recommendation at the Apple Store.

In my case, the plug broke off a little higher up, just past the first "stripe" on an IPad 2. The diameter of the bic pen was too small and there was not enough room to work with for suggestions 2 and 3. The super glue with broken jack option worked for me but just barely. As soon as the broken piece was out, it fell off. Use the smallest amount of superglue you can, wipe off any excess before gluing, and let it set for a few hours. To improve setting stability I used a little tape.

I couldn't get the ink pen to work but the thumb tack worked great along with prayer. Apply pressure and push out to the other side. The push pin was never stuck just used the pressure.

Don't forget first check if the device comes apart. I had this problem with my Kindle Fire and as I was trying all these ideas the back just snaps off leaving one side of the jack exposed. Slipped right out, snapped the back on again, and I was done.

Ink pen tube got out a small piece.
Thumbtack.. I couldn't get the end bent so of course that didnt work. LOL
Toothpick was too weak.
Broken the Q-tip with a small dab of superglue.. waited about 7-8 mins for it to fuse and I am now SUPERHERO MOMMY!!
Thank you everyone!

Nothing was working for me and I tried EVERYTHING… So then, I put the smallest bit of super glue inside the bic pen and made sure to wipe the outside clean. I went ahead and put it in the headphone jack and left it for a few minutes while I answered the phone at work and boom! Came right out and saved me the headache and money of going to a professional.

I tried a bunch of solutions as laid out here (various straws, qtips, air duster tube, crazy glue). I'm wondering if the crazy glue might have made things worse, because when I went for my extreme solution (my smallest drill bit on my cordless drill to drill into jack, and then a tiny metal screw screwed into that hole), it took a lot of force to remove the jack, and it took two tries for two different parts of the jack. Regardless, all good now, back to the testing ground (my 9 yr old daughter) the iPad goes.

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